Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Consistency Is The Missing Ingredient

So, anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely looooooove the Food Network. Many nights I fall asleep to it, with hopes of finding one of the restaurants the next day. I watch it so much that there is a little Food Network logo burned into the corner of my TV. lol. Needless to say I'm a faithful steward of perfecting my craft of cooking and baking. While there are several different cooks with their own unique styles, one thing remains the same, the consistency of ingredients. When each cook begins cooking, they stress the importance of the right ingredients, the way they balance out, and the consistency of the entire mix. In baking the consistency is the texture, the look, the feel, and the ability to hold together. So if there is any smidgen of inconsistency, the whole dish is done for.

For some reason, that stood out to me. Consistency. The web dictionary defines it as: the same throughout in structure; the property of holding together and retaining its shape; agreement among things or parts. Wait a minute, you are not hearing me.....

Same throughout. Holding together. In agreement.

Baking is a whole lot like believing God for that next breakthrough. You have everything you need to make it, but you have to be consistent.

Prayer- equal parts of prayer throughout the day will equip you to sustain all tests, adversities, and storms.
The Word- reading the word on a regular basis allows you to read God's promises and witness his consistency. You can then use that same Word to encourage yourself, fight all battles, and secure your victories.

Partners- now, not all family and friends are deemed as your prayer partners. Takes a while to understand that, but it is very true. Sometimes, God will send you seasonal people in your life to get you to your next one. We often times try to force the new season on people who were never meant to be there (that's another blog entry *makes note in journal* lol)

Jesus- Now the word says in Hebrews 13: 8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Whew! Now you talking about amazing? That means no matter what we do, where we go, what we say, Jesus is going to be the same Jesus that he has been to us. No variation. No additives or preservatives. The same good ol' Jesus.

You- Guess what is the missing variable in this lovely recipe? YOU! You are the difference maker. You have the innate ability to change your destiny, your situation, your direction by merely being consistent in your faith. Your ability to see the bigger picture. Understanding that your right now is not your forever. No matter what it may look like, you know the promises that he has made and you know that it has to get better.

Same throughout. Holding together. In agreement.

We have to remain the same throughout our struggles. If we are believing God for the sun to shine again. We can't tear up at the sight of rain. When we get a call/email/text that totally wrecks us emotionally, we cant immediately break down to the point where we can't be steadfast and believe that God is the same God that delivered us so many times before. When we get a "no" from someone or a company, we can't automatically assume that God has forsaken us. We must always stand in agreement with God knowing that he knows what we have need of, our deepest desires, and our pains.

With seeing the job that God has, I think we got off pretty easy with just being consistent. Now, not to say that being consistent is the easiest thing to do, but it definitely beats doing it all alone. With God as our rock and our guide, there is simply nothing that we cannot accomplish.

Consistency gets easier the more we do it. Then it becomes habit. Therefore our character.

I challenge you today to consistently look beyond your right now and believe God for all he has promised. If you don't know what that is, he will show you. Through prayer, worship, praise, the right connections, you will find him.

Consistently seeking Him,


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